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THE FIRST MINISTER’S CHRISTMAS CARD ORIGINAL ARTWORK UP FOR AUCTION

Great Western Auctions are delighted to offer the First Minister’s Christmas Card 2017 original artwork in our forthcoming Autumn Fine Art and Antiques Auction on Saturday 22nd September

Lot 990. THE FIRST MINISTER’S CHRISTMAS CARD 2017
JOHN BYRNE (SCOTTISH B. 1940)
SAY IT WITH A KISS!
Oil on canvas board, signed, 60 x 50cm (23 1/2 x 19 3/4″)

Estimate: £4,000-6,000

John Byrne, renowned Scottish artist, playwright and theatre designer was born in Paisley and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He is famed for his trilogy The Slab Boys and the television series Tutti Frutti. His work features in major national public and private collections.

John was commissioned by the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, to create the original artwork which would form the image for the First Minister’s Christmas Card 2017.

The picture shows a couple about to share a kiss under the mistletoe. John Byrne says “I had a notion to paint a young couple from my boyhood days in Paisley, having a great time jiving to the music of Jimmy McCracken’s ‘Big Band’ at the Town Hall c.1957 dressed in the style of the day, with a nod to the festive season.”

The First Minister said “John Byrne is one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists and this unique piece of work has a wonderful festive feel while maintaining his inimitable style. As my official Christmas Card last year I was thrilled to have such a beautiful image to share, and I’m glad it will now benefit four charities doing great work in Scotland.”

The charities which will benefit are Scottish Women’s Aid, Food Train, The Teapot Trust and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.

Since the launch of the Charity Christmas Card initiative in 2007, sales of the artworks and prints have raised more than £170,000 for good causes across Scotland.